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How to make a Dreamcatcher - step by step tutorial

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How to make a Dreamcatcher - step by step tutorial

Designed by: Leah Connolly

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Want to add a Dreamcatcher to your home? Join Leah and she will show you step by step how to create this beautiful Dreamcatcher.

I love having dreamcatchers in the home and each section of the dreamcatcher holds a specific meaning.  The circular frame symbolises Mother Earth, it also represents the continuous flow of life as there is no beginning or end. In addition to representing the circle of life, it also symbolises how the sun and moon move across the sky each day in a continuous loop.  The web of the dreamcatcher is woven inside the frame to look like a spider's web. The small circle in the centre of the web is its heart and is where the good dreams and visions are filtered through.  

Let's Braid :)

Materials needed:

CrystaLove™ I used a 3mm and 6mm beads in blue tones
BEADSMITH ™ thread SuplerLon 0.5mm in a light blue colour
For the centre of the dreamcatcher I used 8mm Iced crystal beads
Charms - these are optional but I had some spare feather charms in my bead stash and thought it would work well with the design. There are so many products you could add to this design like pompom, tassels and the lovely seashells. The choice is yours.
KNORR Prandell ™ Dreamcatcher ring/base - I used a 20mm base
I used lace to add to the bottom of the base but you can use anything such as ribbon, a thick macrame cord or just use s-lon cord.
Jump rings - if you are using charms you will need these to attach your charms onto your base.
Glue
Scissors  

Our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'. 


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To start you will need to wrap the s-lon cord around the base. I used the cord from the reel which made it easier as it didn't get tangled. Tie the cord onto the base and keep in place with a small amount of tape, wrap all the way around, tie in place and tape again (don't worry, as you won't see this once you have finished your design).  You could also leave the base as it is if you wanted - it will save some time ;)

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Cut approximately 3.5m of s-lon cord, thread on 35 beads. The amount of beads you use is up to you though. Tie one end onto the base (where you taped your other ends) and tape to the base.

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Measure one inch on the base, loop the cord/beads over the base and back under the loop created. 

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Continue measuring 1 inch and creating the loops with the cord until have have 13 points on the base. 

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Once you are back to the start of the first point, go through the loop you created in the first round. Go under the loop and over.  Let go of one bead from the strand and continue to the next loop. 

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Go under and over the loop, you don't need to let go of a bead. I followed the sequence so that I left a space between each bead. 

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Continue all the way around the base until you are back to where you started. 

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It should now look like this. Now go to the next loop that you created in the 2nd round and continue until you have reached the centre of your spiders web, making sure you drop a bead every other turn. 

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Once you have reached the centre of your spiders web, create a few knots going around the centre of your design, trim any excess cord and place a small amount of glue on the last knot to secure in place. Your completed base should look like this. Don't worry if the web is not equal or the beads are not sitting in the right place as that gives its unique look. 

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Now start to decorate the base, I used lace and s-lon cord. To loop the cord onto the base cut 35cm, fold in half and place under the base. Make sure you loop this cord over the tape so you can disguise it. Thread the ends of the cord through the loop and pull tight. 

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Decorate the base as you wish, using the same technique in step 10 to attach the cord to your base. I used 5 pieces of lace and 15 strands of s-lon cord to decorate it. On 4 of the strands I threaded and knotted beads onto them. I also attached 4 feather charms onto the lace cord using a jump ring. The cord may come loose from the base which I liked the look of but you may want to secure it onto the base with a small dab of glue. 

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You could also keep the cords the same lengths or you could cut them into a point. Attach a strand of lace at the top of the base so that you can hang up your design.

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There you have it, your very own Dreamcatcher, there are so many ways you can finish your design, here are a couple more designs for inspiration :) Enjoy and feel free to share your works of art on our Beads Direct and Friends Facebook group.

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